It seems like more and more superfoods are popping up. There's a new one that I've recently been given the opportunity to try: Chaga Mushroom Tea. I actually have friends who go mushrooming and make tea with the mushrooms that they find. I wonder if chaga is one of the mushrooms that they search for?!? I wouldn't have any idea what to look for. Thankfully, I can buy chaga mushrooms dried and packaged. I've had stuff from Zen Principle before and was happy, so I figured I'd give the chaga mushroom tea a try.
**I received the chaga mushroom tea for free in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are 100% mine.**
I had no idea what to expect from a mushroom tea since this was my first mushroom tea experience. I started out basically clueless. With chaga mushrooms, you're not supposed to cook them at too high of a temperature or you don't get as many of the benefits. The best way to make the tea is to cook them a long time at a lower temperature. Making the tea in a slow cooker is the ideal way to make it. So, if there's anything that I don't like about this tea, it is that I don't remember to get the slowcooker ready to be able to make it. Although. . . . . I did start some at 6:30 this morning, so I'm drinking a warm, buttery, yummy cup of chaga tea right now! Score! It looks rich like coffee, doesn't it?
I usually put the mushrooms in the slow cooker with about a half gallon of water and cook it overnight. You're supposed to be able to use the mushrooms up to five times. Once I was on my third time with the first set of mushrooms, I decided that the taste wasn't quite as strong as I liked. So, I'll probably just use my mushrooms three times each. At that point, you're supposed to be able to burn it like incense. I haven't tried that yet.
When you make the tea, you use two medium sized mushrooms to about a half gallon of water.
Sooooo. . . . . the taste. . . . . . I was expecting mushroom-y. It surprised me! To me, the chaga mushroom tea actually tasted kind of buttery. I liked it. I liked it both warm and cold. When I steeped the chaga mushroom tea overnight, I drank it warm in the morning and then put it in a pitcher in the fridge and drank it cold. Tonight, I'm drinking it warm. You can also sweeten it the way you would any other tea that you may drink.
Chaga mushrooms have polysaccharides, beta-d-glucans, phytosterols and antioxidants. They have been used in the East for hundreds to thousands of years. It is becoming popular in the West now, too. (source, source) Chaga mushrooms have Vitamins B1, B2, B3, K and D2, plus copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iron. According to Wikipedia, research shows that extracts of the mushroom can hamper the growth and proliferation of tumors, as well as have positive effects on the immune system. Wikipedia also says though, that there haven't been clinical studies to show chaga's safety or efficacy for disease prevention, or for the treatment of cancer, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease.
Zen Principle also has a book that they email to you once you buy the chaga mushrooms. The book lists chaga history, all of the benefits of Chaga mushrooms, and has recipes, including how to make tinctures with mushrooms . Tinctures help draw out even more of the health benefits and can be added to recipes and drinks.
Zen Principle packages the mushrooms in a special pouch to keep air, moisture and light out to retain the chaga mushroom's freshness.
Even if the research can't prove it's superfood powers, I love the taste of it and I'll take any health benefits that it may impart.
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You might also remember the Moringa Powder that I tried from Zen Principle.
Have you ever tried Chaga Mushroom Tea?
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